I was driving with a friend on route 221 through Greene County on Sunday to go bicycling on the Greene River trail near Rices Landing, and we found ourselves behind a brine water / residual waste truck -- presumably full of frack waste -- between Dunn Station and Ruff Creek.
1. The truck had no license plate! The side of the truck said Curry Supply.
2. The truck often took up most of the road, creating a hazard for oncoming traffic.
3. There was severe road damage on route 221, perhaps from these wide, heavy frack trucks. When I biked this road about two years ago, the edges of this road were not crumbling like this. Damaged roads can cause a) crashes for bicyclists or motorcyclists, b) damage to car tires and suspensions, and c) additional safety problems as cars & trucks swerve to avoid holes in the road.
I'd like to visit Greene County again to go bicycling on its (formerly) nice roads but these safety issues make me think twice. The gas industry should pay for their share of this road damage, since this appears to be so far beyond normal road wear.
Don't want to stray too much off point here but I think people ought to be aware of the REAL history behind much of our infrastructure. The construction of a system of paved public roads in non-urban areas of the US originated because of BICYCLISTS, not motorists. The early auto industry would never have been so successful if not for the roadways that were built because of the efforts and political influence of the hundreds of thousands of bicyclists that preceded them. Read this article before you continue trashing cyclists as not having a "right" to use the roads: http://en.wikipedia/wiki/Good_Roads_Movement
A glitch in that link -- here's the history of US paved roads:
Bycyclists earned the right to use the roads they brought about, sharing them with horse-drawn vehicles. The auto is the latecomer in the transportation system -- it may have exclusive use of the interstate highways and limited access expressways but it has always been a principle of common law that bicycles have equal standing in use of any non-restricted public roads (and must abide by the same rules of the road).
Mike...thanks for the belly laugh! I continue to be amazed with the absolute ignorance of some of the post's! Thank God for freedom of speech...free entertainment for sure!
Who cares about energy independence, a thriving economy and much cleaner air quality, when the edges of our pristine tar and chip township roads are being temporarily buckled and then rebuilt much better at no cost to the taxpayer! We must stop this madness!
What will these evil companies ask us to sacrifice next? They're already forcing tons of landowners to use up all the free space in their bank accounts to store company money, they're burdening our kids with having to contemplate staying here in Pennsylvania when they get out of college, sticking it to us with clean air and cheap energy, and will soon be depriving our troops the fun and games of playing "Dodge the I.E.D."
C'mon Dan, I know you're a smart guy... get your priorities straight and get the wool out of your eyes!
Oh Paul, did you step(jump headfirst) into a pile with your comment! It's not that PA doesn't realize the roads aren't great, but in the economic abyss the state has been crawling out of for the past few years where do you think the money for upkeep was hiding? The roads have been going downhill for quite some time. Add on to that fact our harsh winters, spring flooding, and yes, new traffic that's VERY heavy, and what do you expect to see? If gov't (state and local) have AC to lease, then those leases should address the problems created by HEAVY traffic. When a lease is well-written it not only brings in $$$, it includes environmental protections, and reclamation clauses, regardless if it's a public or private lease agreement. I suggest instead of recalling the ugly views of old coal mining sites ... hillside strip cuts and "boney" piles dotting the landscape, look to the present-day GREEN hillsides and note the absence of "boney" piles. We are not ignorant to the notion of "pretty", nor to the state's and private citizens' economic needs.
The strength of the state's bargaining power comes through a bank of lawyers and its expansive acreage. The strength rights owners groups bring to the negotiating table comes from solid representation and collective acreage. This is the new PA, and it's all about our future ... sound economic decisions, good jobs, and a safe environment ... oh yes, and good roads.
from 2011/3/27, http://wtrf.com/story.cfm?func=viewstory&storyid=96671
Torn up roadways are not just a problem for Marshall County residents anymore. They are also damaging sheriff's vehicles. Potholes, unlevel and unpaved roads are all problems that can create havoc on our car, and havoc for local law enforcement vehicles.
"Ball joints are wearing out sooner, and wheels are getting bent from hitting deep holes. We have to put more money in our cars to keep them on the road," Marshall County Sheriff John Gruzinskas said.
Marshall County is just west of Greene County.
Also, a Charleston Gazette story from 2011/5/27, http://wvgazette.com/News/201105270974
The DOH doesn't have the manpower or the money to fix the damage, but Sikora said oil and gas companies are bonded and are cooperating with the agency.
"They are committed, and they are out there working with us. Roads are being repaired according to the amount of damage," he said.
Work is currently being done on W.Va. 88 in Brooke and Ohio counties. State and federal roads such as U.S. 250, however, aren't covered by bonding requirements.
So that's good news about the bonding, I guess, assuming it's being properly enforced (is it?) but Route 221 is a state road. Are the laws the same in PA? Does the bonding spoken of here mean that gas companies whose trucks tear up Route 221 in Greene County will pay for its repair, or is that left to PA taxpayers?
What fraction of roads in Greene County are better than they were 3 years ago, what fraction are about the same, and what fraction are worse? Maybe a local who knows the roads well could speak up on that.